The US offshoot of the Swiss art fair began back in 2002, and, having established itself as one of the most important events in the American contemporary art calendar, it will enter its second decade this December. 2012's full exhibitor list came out this week; here’s what some of our favourite sites think about the line-up.
Though more than 680 exhibitors applied for places at the fair, only 257 made the cut, giving Art Basel Miami Beach acceptance rate of 38 per cent. Galleristny notes that 77 - about 30 per cent - come from New York. Artlyst breaks down the exhibitor list by country of origin: "99 from the United States; 34 from Germany; 18 from France; 19 from Great Britain; 14 from Brazil; 11 from Italy; 10 from Switzerland; 9 each from Spain; 4 each from Austria, Belgium and Mexico; 3 each from Argentina and China."
Artlyst describes 2012's plans as Art Basel Miami Beach's most ambitious yet, highlighting its geographical reach, the range of works to be displayed, as well as the sheer number of galleries in attendance. It also notes a strong selection of modernist works among the booths this year, strengethening assertions that the fair isn't just about the latest art, and can offer some interesting historical perspectives.
ARTINFO examines the figures down in a slightly more gossipy manner, by working which exhibitors haven't returned and who may have not made the cut. As you might expect, the event's Art Nova and Art Positions sections - which are dedicated to newer galleries and artists - have a fairly high turnover of new names. They pick out a couple of highlights here for 2012: "Galerie Michel Rein of Paris, which will offer a solo presentation of Whitney Biennial star LaToya Ruby Frazier in the Art Positions section, and Eleven Rivington Gallery of New York, which is showing Katrin Sigurdardottir, Iceland's choice for the 2013 Venice Biennale".
They also wonder why New York dealers Marc Jancou and Tony Shafrazi, aren't coming down south this December. ARTINFO reckons Jancou's ongoing legal battle with Cady Noland and Sotheby's auction house might have kept him out of Miami, while Shafrazi's decision to show his own artwork at last year's event could have led to his black-balling. For more commentary, as well as a full exhibitor's list, go to the ARTINFO story, here. The fair runs December 6 - 9 this year.
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